7 Macaron Filling Recipes

Updated on October 19, 2018
Looking for some new filling ideas for macarons? Here are seven easy, unique recipes.
Looking for some new filling ideas for macarons? Here are seven easy, unique recipes.

Macarons are sweet meringue-based confections made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond flour, and food coloring. They were born in Italy in 1533 by the chef of Catherine de Medicis in 1533 at the time of her marriage to the Duc d'Orleans who became king of France in 1547 as Henry I. They are different than macaroons, which are entirely different cookies since they are coconut-based.

Macarons are typically filled with ganache, buttercream, or jam. The recipes included in this article are unique takes on classic flavors. Try the mango ganache first and let us know what you think! Remember to always be gentle with macrons when filling them.

Ingredients for mango ganache
Ingredients for mango ganache

1. Mango Ganache

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe mango, chopped
  • 150 grams white chocolate

Instructions

  1. Chop mango into pieces and puree until smooth. Press puree through a sieve and put 120 grams into a saucepan.
  2. Melt white chocolate over a double boiler.
  3. Heat the mango puree until hot and pour over chocolate. Stir until smooth. Put the bowl in refrigerator until firm enough to hold shape.
  4. Put the bowl in refrigerator until firm enough to hold shape.

Mango ganache filling on a macaron
Mango ganache filling on a macaron
Ingredients for raspberry buttercream macaron filling
Ingredients for raspberry buttercream macaron filling

2. Rasberry Butter Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup of soft butter
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Blend together the butter and half of the sugar. Add in jam, cream, and vanilla extract.
  2. Gradually add the rest of the sugar until the mixture is soft enough to sandwich two macarons gently together.

Macarons with vanilla buttercream filling
Macarons with vanilla buttercream filling

3. Vanilla Butter Cream

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 1/2-2 cups of confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Beat all the ingredients together until the mixture is soft and creamy but stiff enough to use on your macarons.

Macaron filling with chocolate ganache
Macaron filling with chocolate ganache

4. Chocolate Ganache Filling

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces dark bitter chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Place chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
  2. Heat cream in a small saucepan.
  3. Gently stir in chocolate.
  4. Let it stand for one minute.
  5. Add the butter and mix until very smooth.
  6. Put in the refrigerator until thick enough to spread on chocolate macarons.

Macaron orange cream filling ingredients
Macaron orange cream filling ingredients

5. Orange Cream Filling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 small tub cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of an orange
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, add the sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and orange extract
  2. Heat and reduce mixture until it becomes a thick syrup. This will take about 6-7 minutes.
  3. Cool the syrup completely.
  4. In another bowl, whip up the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the cooled syrup mixture and fold in.
  6. Put the filling gently onto your prepared orange macaroons.

Enjoy!

Lemon curd filling ingredients
Lemon curd filling ingredients

6. Lemon Curd Filling

Ingredients

  • 3 free range eggs plus one yolk
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 organic unwaxed lemons, zest, and juice
  • 100 grams unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Put the sugar butter and lemon zest and juice into a heatproof bowl. Put the bowl over a gently simmering pot of water.
  2. Stir the mixture well until the butter is melted.
  3. Stir the lightly whisked eggs and yolk into the lemon mixture and whisk until well combined.
  4. Cook for 10-12mins until the mix is thickened, stirring occasionally.
  5. When the mixture coats the back of the spoon it is ready.
  6. Remove from heat and cool.
  7. Once cooled use it as a delicious filling for your macarons.
  8. If you find it isn't thick enough, use some cornstarch to thicken

7. White Chocolate Vanilla Ganache

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons double cream
  • 175 grams white chocolate (good quality)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat cream and vanilla extract until it comes to the boil.
  2. Take the cream off the heat and add chocolate.
  3. Stir until smooth.
  4. Leave to cool. Cover and refrigerate until thickened.
  5. Sandwich macarons gently together with thickened cream.

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        laura Mendoza 

        4 months ago

        NO NUTELLA. Palm oil is destroying the rainforests. C'mon, people.

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        lp24 

        5 months ago

        I tried the vanilla buttercream, and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        KURT W 

        9 months ago

        Please don't use Nutella, it has palm oil and rain forests are being burned in order to grow it.

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        mary ruder 

        9 months ago

        i dont know if there nice or not nice but ill try it

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        Julie Ann Dunning 

        13 months ago

        Can I use mascarpone?

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        Jessica 

        14 months ago

        Thanks that was a bug help :-)

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        Jane51 

        14 months ago

        Hi Jessica it would be 180g in a small tub of cream cheese and the zest is just the amount you would finely Grate from one medium size orange. Hope this helps and you enjoy your Macaron filling!!

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        Jane51 

        14 months ago

        Hi Jessica it would be 180g in a small tub of cream cheese and the zest is just the amount you would finally Grate from one arrage size orange. Hope this help and you enjoy your Macaron filling!!

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        Jessica 

        14 months ago

        Hi Jane, just wondering with the orange cream filling: how many grams of cream cheese and also how much orange zest?

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        Jane51 

        16 months ago

        Hi Grace I hope the white chocolate vanilla ganache that I have added is what you might be looking for!!

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        Grace Winter Alsop 

        16 months ago

        Hi Jane,

        Do you any vanilla ganache filling please? Many thanks in advance.

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        Happy Mom 

        2 years ago

        These were delicious!! I love the texture and flavor. Only problem is, they're gone in the blink of an eye:) Not too difficult to make. Huge hit in our house. Thanks for a great recipe that will become a treasured family recipe.

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        Wanderings 

        4 years ago

        Thanks! I always have such a hard time trying to make anything other than Ganache. Im usually worried the filling won't be solid enough to hold its shape!

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        Amy Murry 

        5 years ago from London

        Doesn't sounds easy but looks and taste amazing

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        Andy 

        5 years ago

        Hi in one of the recipes you mentioned a small tub of cream cheese, how much exactly? Because small tubs vary from where you live!

        Thank you for the recipes!

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        Jane51 

        5 years ago

        You are welcome Miranda! The cream would be heavy cream or for those living in UK whipping cream. Enjoy!

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        Miranda 

        5 years ago

        Which kind of cream should i use for the raspberry filling? Thanks for the recipes!

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